Monday, January 19, 2015

WOOHOO! 6 months of missionary work!

January 12, 2015

hola familia y amigos, 

Here is something I've said, and I'm saying again: I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES! 
I will never stop saying that.

This past week was arctic. With wind chill, some days were in the negatives.. Needless to say,
this is not San Diego! I am not used to this cold weather! Missionary work in the cold is.. different 
and a lot slower. 

A super huge miracle happened this week right before our eyes!!! We hadn't been able to meet 
with our investigator, Karen, for about a month. She was avoiding our calls and texts. He less-active 
husband, Nate, could never meet because of his work schedule. We decided to go shovel their 
driveway on Thursday. After we finished, we left to go to an appointment. Later, we were prompted 
to stop by again. Karen answered the door and looked so happy to see us.. Well, Nate just so 
happened to be home too!!!! They are almost never home together because they work opposite shifts. 
Karen still has a lot of concerns, but having Nate there was such a blessing! They told us they 
knew that the Sisters had been there and shoveled their driveway. We were able to share 
Matthew 7:15-20 and talked about the fruits they have seen from attending church and meeting 
with missionaries. Karen had been coming to church consistently for 4 months, then stopped and 
said she lost her testimony. (And I quote: "Well, I used to believe in Santa Claus.") She hasn't been 
to church in a long long while. The last time Nate went to church was in July. Their hearts were 
softened and they said they would be at church on the 18th. We were happy with that. Fast forward 
to Sunday morning during announcements.. who walks in?!? Their whole family! They brought their 
3 little children. AHHH!!! Our mouths dropped and that moment brought tears to our eyes! SUCH a 
tender mercy! They stayed for as long as they could (the first two hours) and hopefully we will meet 
with them again very soon! 

I was able to speak in church yesterday. It was such cool experience! I talked for 15 minutes and 
it flew by. I used to hear my friends who were on missions say that and think, "That will never be 
me!" Giving a talk is almost torture because I procrastinate so well. haha, well.... I have learned 
a lot on my mission and it was put to good use! It was the first talk where I didn't write it all down 
and read it. #adultstatus? I talked about unity and the miracles that come when our families, 
branches/wards, and we are unified with Heavenly Father and Christ.

I know that I am part of Heavenly Father's work and that it is moving forward! I know that our 
Heavenly Father is looking out for each of us and gives us tender mercies to let us know of His 
love and individual care. I know that the Savior's Atonement has great power that we each need 
in our lives. I know these things because I have seen good fruits come of living the Gospel! I am 
full of joy as I give more of myself in service of the Lord.

hugs & snugs,
Sista Pound

What did you eat for breakfast? is a very good get-to-know-you question, apparently. 
- "Nothing's in pasta bowl with God." -A misheard interpretation, courtesy of my brain.
- "Our Heavenly Father builds Temples to let us know He wants to be with us. We attend the 
Temple to let Him know we want to be with Him." -Brother Viola, Stake High Council 
- "Don't ya know better than to ICE SKATE, ya old fart?!?" -Brother Yule, about Brother Parsons 
who slipped on the ice.
- "Adversity becomes adventure in the service of the Lord." -M. Russell Ballard

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